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FAD ‘Stitch-In’ at the Knitting & Stitching Show

FAD ‘Stitch-In’ at the Knitting & Stitching Show

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, FAD Workshops, Stitch Ideas | No Comments

Last week FAD were very lucky to be hosted by Twisted Thread at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. This incredible event, celebrating all things textiles related, saw over 50,000 visitors pass through the Palace’s majestic doors in just four days. As well as showcasing the incredible garments hand embroidered by 14-19 year olds from East London, FAD and the […]

New East London Embroiderers Showcase at Knitting & Stitching Show

New East London Embroiderers Showcase at Knitting & Stitching Show

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog, FAD Workshops, Showcases | No Comments

In the first our blog posts from the Knitting & Stitching show FAD are proud to unveil the six finished garments, hand embroidered by sixty young people from schools, colleges and community groups across East London. It’s been quite a weekend for the NELE at Alexandra Palace. Over four days fifty thousand people attended the Knitting & Stitching show with many stopping to […]

Stitching Ceremonial Garments

Stitching Ceremonial Garments

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Design, FAD Workshops | No Comments

After a summer of stitching the NELE volunteers have been busy turning the New East London Embroiderers finished pieces into wearable garments. Under the leadership of fashion designer Lisa Friedl, our young volunteers have been pattern cutting, basting and machining the embroidered panels together. They now have until October to finish the six garments which […]

FAD Workshop: Young Stitchers #2

FAD Workshop: Young Stitchers #2

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in FAD Workshops, Stitch Ideas | No Comments

Week two in Hackney, East London and FAD welcomes the next group of enthusiastic New East London Embroiderers (NELE) to our stitching studio in the heart of Dalston. “I’d never heard of heritage embroidery before this project. This was my first time doing embroidery and I really enjoyed it.” Jacira, Age 15, Cumberland School Working alongside our young […]

FAD Workshop: Young Stitchers #1

FAD Workshop: Young Stitchers #1

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in FAD Workshops, Stitch Ideas | No Comments

Having spent a day researching heritage embroidery at Kensington Palace, the first group of budding stitchers from schools across East London headed to join FAD in Hackney for some serious stitching. “The project taught me to be patient with stitching, team work and various stitches I could use again in the future.” Theresa, Age 14, […]

FAD Returns to Kensington Palace

FAD Returns to Kensington Palace

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in FAD Workshops, Heritage | No Comments

FAD’s New East London Embroiderers project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is really starting to take shape after two weeks of workshops with young people from East London. Learning about the history of the Palace & looking at the ‘handling’ collection Drawing in the galleries An 18th century ‘Mantua’ dress with embroidered flowers Two […]

FAD & Praxis: ‘Stitching Stories’

FAD & Praxis: ‘Stitching Stories’

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in FAD Workshops | No Comments

For the past four weeks FAD have been running sessions on Wednesday evenings with a group called ‘Brighter Futures’ at Praxis in Bethnal Green; a centre for people displaced. Stretching fabric on the embroidery frame One of the finished embroidery panels for a man’s jacket The Praxis centre  works with young asylum seekers and refugees, supporting […]

FAD’s Garment Designs

FAD’s Garment Designs

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Design, FAD Workshops | No Comments

In between learning how to stitch, our NELE volunteers have been working on design ideas for the garments which will be embroidered in FAD workshops next month. Inspired by the historic costumes at Kensington Palace and current fashion trends, they have combined old and new to create six modern ceremonial designs. The finished garments will […]

FAD Volunteer ‘Stitch In’

FAD Volunteer ‘Stitch In’

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in FAD Workshops, Stitch Ideas | No Comments

Here is the latest update from FAD’s young stitching volunteers… Having spent a day at Kensington Palace, the next challenge awaiting our New East London Embroiderer volunteers was to put some heritage embroidery techniques to the test. Practicing stitches Luckily for them the project has the support of embroidery expert and former Chairman of The Embroiderers […]

Researching at Kensington Palace

Researching at Kensington Palace

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in FAD Workshops, Heritage | No Comments

The New East London Embroiderers Project, or NELE as we like to call it, got off to a flying start with a packed research day for our young volunteers at Kensington Palace. Fifteen young people aged 18 – 25 years old spent a day with the FAD team at one of London’s most historic venues, putting […]